By Jennifer Yusuf
Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-olu, Lagos State Governor’s wife, dissociated her office from a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) plan to remove mentally challenged people from Lagos roads.
While it was true that South-Westhire Health Trust paid a courtesy visit to the first lady to establish a collaboration, the first lady made it clear that some background checks would have to be carried out to ascertain the safety of the mentally challenged people to be removed from the streets.
In a statement, Sanwo-Olu said: “The attention of the Office of First Lady of Lagos State has been drawn to a Brochure of events by a Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) that goes by the name; “South-Westhire Health Trust” planning to remove mentally challenged people from the streets of Lagos between November 12 and 20, 2019.
“In the brochure, the management of South-Westshire Health Trust purportedly claimed that the planned removal of the mentally challenged persons from the streets is in partnership with the Office of the First Lady of Lagos State.
“Without getting due approval from the Office of the First Lady, South-Westshire Health Trust went on to print the said brochure in a preposterous manner and attributed the initiative to the First Lady. The general public is hereby urged to disregard the claim purportedly linking the Office of the First Lady to the programme in its entirety.”